Hans Engen

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Person.png Hans Engen  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(journalist, diplomat, politician)
President John F. Kennedy with Ambassador of Norway Hans Kristian Engen.jpg
BornHans Kristian Engen
22 August 1912
Ringebu, Oppland, Norway
Died6 April 1966 (Age 53)
Nord-Fron, Oppland, Norway
Victim ofpremature death

Hans Engen was an Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Norwegian ambassador to the United States.


During the German occupation of Norway from 1940 to 1945, he was a coordinator between the Norwegian government-in-exile (in London) and the Norwegian resistance movement.

From 1946 to 1949 he was the foreign affairs editor of newspaper Verdens Gang, where he was particularly convincing in his arguments in support of Norwegian accession to NATO in 1949.[1]

From 1951 to 1952 he worked as Norway's counsellor of embassy at the United Nations.

He was Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations from 1952-1958. From 1958-1963, under Gerhardsen's Third Cabinet, Engen was State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he was sceptical of the covert operation to sell heavy water to the Israeli nuclear program.

He was Norwegian ambassador to the United States from 1963 to 1966.[2]

He led the committee that formulated Norwegian development assistance policy, “Engen-utvalget”, 1960–61, (a field that is a bigger part of the Cold War than commonly known.)


Engen died on a skiing holiday in Norway.[2]


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/195918 September 195920 September 1959Turkey
The 8th Bilderberg and the first in Turkey. 60 guests.
Bilderberg/196329 March 196331 March 1963France
Hotel Martinez
The 12th Bilderberg meeting and the second one in France.